Chandigarh, October 11: The Punjab Police on Tuesday arrested three persons for their alleged involvement in facilitating the escape of gangster Deepak Tinu, accused in Sidhu Moosewala case, from police custody in Mansa. A black Skoda bearing registration number PB11CJ1563, which was used in the crime, has been recovered from their possession.
Those arrested have been identified as Kuldeep Singh, alias Kohli, Rajveer Singh, alias Kazama, and Rajinder Singh, alias Gora, all residents of Ludhiana. Kuldeep Kohli is a gym owner and was into the business of drugs under the garb of running a gym.
Punjab DGP Gaurav Yadav said an ongoing investigation revealed that the trio was close associates of Tinu and they had helped him escape police custody, following which the Anti Gangster Task Force(AGTF) and Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Punjab Police have arrested them from Ludhiana.
Deepak Tinu had directed Kohli to send a woman associate, who helped in Tinu's escape along with his allies at CIA Mansa.
The investigations revealed that on October 1, Deepak Tinu had directed Kohli to send a woman associate, who helped in Tinu's escape along with his allies at CIA Mansa. Rajveer Singh along with his accomplice, identified as Gagandeep Khaira of Ludhiana, picked a woman accomplice from Zirakpur and dropped her near CIA Mansa along with a bag of clothes provided by Kohli, he said, adding police teams were on a manhunt to nab Gagandeep.
The DGP said accused Kuldeep Kohli remained associated with Deepak Tinu for the last two years, when they both were lodged in Kapurthala Jail. Kohli was released on bail in 2021, following which he along with Tinu's other Haryana-based associates indulged in cross-border drug smuggling, he said.
Meanwhile, a four-member SIT headed by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Patiala range MS Chhina is conducting a day-to-day investigation into this case and all culprits involved in this crime will be arrested soon.